Edible Flowers: Lavender Ricotta Cheesecake with Crystallized Violets

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Another dessert for my Foodbuzz 24, 24, 24 Cooking with Edible Flowers entry.  Adapted from a sicilian style cheesecake from allrecipes.com, this version flavors with lavender buds and then bake cheesecake crustless.  The cake was then drizzled with lavender honey and decorated with crystallized violets.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs ricotta cheese (you can use homemade ricotta cheese)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp dried lavender buds
  • 1/3 cup amaretto
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 5 eggs
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tbs lavender honey or lavender syrup
  • crystallized violets for garnishing

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 300F . Set rack in the middle of the oven. Butter and flour a 9 1/2 inch springform pan, and
    tap out excess flour.
  2. Place sugar and dried lavender buds in spice grinder and process until fine.
  3. In a mixer, place ricotta cheese and add lavender sugar and flour. Mix on medium speed. Continue mixing and add eggs one  at a time.  Add amaretto and continue mixing until smooth.
  4. Pour batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, until top is firm and light golden color. Test center with a skewer, making sure it comes out clean.
  5. Cool on a wire rack. It will sink slightly as it cools. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  6. Pour 1 tbs lavender honey (or lavender syrup) and garnish with crystallized violets.

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» Zriz said: { Mar 30, 2009 - 04:03 }

Oh! This looks yummy! Edible flowers, huh?

» Elyse said: { Mar 31, 2009 - 02:03 }

Wow, all of your flower recipes look FABULOUS! Especially this one. What a great way to incorporate the lavender into a dessert. Looks delicious!

» Rico said: { Mar 31, 2009 - 10:03 }

This dessert look amazing and very very delicious, especially knowing you do your own ricotta. cheers for sharing :D

» Tangled Noodle said: { Apr 1, 2009 - 09:04 }

How wonderful! Your edible flowers theme is one of the most original menus I’ve ever seen.

» virtual chef said: { Apr 2, 2009 - 04:04 }

TN: Thanks! I had fun creating the dishes. …and still having fun with them!


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